On February 5, 2015, the Howard University Office of Residence Life announced to the Howard University community via email memo that the Howard Plaza Towers would be closing after much speculation.
This announcement, nearly two months ago, is still sending shock waves through the university’s student population.
“This renovation is crucial to renew and reinvigorate one of Howard University’s iconic and essential residence halls. This much needed renovation will transform the living and learning experience and environment within the Howard Plaza Towers; it will do without changing the look and character of our beautiful campus,” the now ex-interim Dean Jonathan Ajose, M.S., wrote in the memo.
And Howard students couldn’t agree more.
“It’s pretty ridiculous how this building is so terrible on the inside and pretty okay looking on the outside. It has the power to be a great place and to be a nice dorm but you can tell that Howard neglected it and there’s no going back and now we’re at the state we have now,” Mills said.
“The University’s hope is by making this temporary closure, we can better address concerns of the residents and any systemic problems may exist,” former Interim Dean Ajose notes in the memo.
According to senior biology major Victoria Faulkner there are many systemic problems that definitely exist.
“[The Towers are] disgusting. There are mice everywhere within the towers and people leave trash everywhere. There’s mold on the bathroom ceiling with water damage on the ceiling.” Faulkner said.
Faulkner further elaborated that she was split between the renovations as she was hoping to stay in the Towers for the summer.
“I’m 50/50 because this is the place where students get housed so where are they going to go? [But] this isn’t suitable living conditions for anybody,” Faulkner said.
According to the university’s memorandum, all summer 2015 housing accommodations for students will be provided at College Halls North and South.
“We realize this is an inconvenience for many students, faculty and staff, and thank you for your cooperation as we work to ensure the wellbeing of our facilities for our students today and beyond,” Jose said in his statement.
The newly appointed Dean of Resident Life, Lamar White was unavailable for comment.
The official statement from the university is below: